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X'Ed Out (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Charles Burns

Series: X'ed Out (1)

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Title:X'Ed Out
Authors:Charles Burns
Info:Pantheon Books (2010), Hardcover, 56 pages
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You should read this if you're looking for a way to curb your appetite for eggs. If you feel a craving, revisit. ( )
  sirk.bronstad | Feb 16, 2017 |
Please read my full review here: http://realbooks4ever.tumblr.com/post/116875921009 ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
This is a really interesting comic.

"This is the only part I’ll remember."

I absolutely loved the opening - wherein the main character wakes up to find a gaping black hole in the brick wall of his bedroom.

”The part where I wake up and don’t know where I am.”

Sitting beside the hole is his pet cat, Inky, whom he thought was dead. Following Inky through the hole reveals a startling dream landscape, a dark, bizarre Wonderland.

The artwork is breathtaking - the colours are so bright and clean, it really makes the surreal landscapes and characters pop.

The main character, Doug, moves back and forth between the real word and this dreamworld. In the “real” world we see both the past, in which he had a relationship with an experimental photographer, and the present, in which he is back living with his mother and struggling with drug addiction. The drugs seem to be inducing this dreamworld, as seen in the opening, in which Doug takes on a Tintin-like appearance and inhabits a surreal, science fiction-like landscape populated by bizarre creatures. He is haunted by some disturbing recurring imagery, involving eggs and fetuses.

This is a very interesting first volume in a three volume set. I’m very curious to see where it goes from here. ( )
  catfantastic | Aug 26, 2015 |
Surreal & disturbing, If David Lynch &Salvador Dali ever teamed up to make a comic, it would be this. ( )
  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
A short graphic novel, the first installment of a trilogy. One cannot fully judge the merits of this volume when the other two come out. In many places, it is an elliptical, dreamlike tease. If the future volumes do more to tie all of this together, then this might be the beginning of a brilliant graphic novel. If not, then I would be somewhat disappointed.

The story is told in multiple drug/dream-like episodes of a young man taking pills, experimenting with performance art, having a relationship with a good relationship with a photographer and a bad relationship with his father, and flashbacks or dreams about the past or future ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
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Wie ein Horror-Trip auf LSD - Charles Burns hat gegenwärtig den härtesten Strich aller amerikanischen Comic-Zeichnern, die stärksten Konturen, das tiefste Schwarz. Nach "Black Hole" ist "X" seine neue Chronik der amerikanischen Jugend der Siebziger - verstörend, deformiert, apokalyptisch. Ein Trip, wie man ihn sonst nur von William S. Burroughs oder David Lynch kennt.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307379132, Hardcover)

From the creator of Black Hole: the first volume of an epic masterpiece of graphic fiction in brilliant color.
 
Doug is having a strange night. A weird buzzing noise on the other side of the wall has woken him up, and there, across the room, next to a huge hole torn out of the bricks, sits his beloved cat, Inky. Who died years ago. But who’s nonetheless slinking out through the hole, beckoning Doug to follow.
 
What’s going on?
 
To say any more would spoil the freaky, Burnsian fun, especially because X’ed Out, unlike Black Hole, has not been previously serialized, and every unnervingly meticulous panel will be more tantalizing than the last . . .
 
Drawing inspiration from such diverse influences as Hergé and William Burroughs, Charles Burns has given us a dazzling spectral fever-dream—and a comic-book masterpiece.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:26 -0400)

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"Doug is in bad shape. All the drugs in the world won't shut out the images that haunt his fevered dreams-- fetal pigs, razor blades, black cats, open wounds-- and eggs. Let's not forget the eggs" -- p. [4] of cover.

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